The fall can be a really great season – it’s full of beauty worthy of being displayed on a canvas, smells of pumpkin wafting through the air, cuddles by the bonfire – you get the idea. While fall can be a fabulous time of year, it can also be a miserable time of year. There’s seasonal allergies, colds galore, and the dreaded flu just to name a few. Your nose will go haywire between being so stuffed up you can’t sleep at night to running a marathon that only boxes of tissues dream about. It’s almost a guarantee that at some point this season your voice will become raspy with a scratchy throat and God forbid you come down with a touch of nausea.
Okay, okay… I’ve made fall sound like all kinds of baskets of joy. I promise fall isn’t all that bad. You can still enjoy the fashions, abundance of festivals, and snuggles under a warm blanket without any ailments. If you are one of the lucky ones that get through a whole fall season without so much as a sneeze I applaud you. However, not everyone is so lucky and that’s why we’ve pulled from the internet the best four DIY cold remedies for you to keep handy until spring.
Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Flu Remedy
Slice lemon into quarters and pack into jar
Grate ginger, and add to lemon (the amount is up to you – the more the better, I say!)
While stirring, fill jar with honey
Add 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to hot water and stir
Spicy Lemon-Ginger “Intensi-Toddy”
4 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
Pinch of Cayenne
2 ginger slices
2 tea bags
1/2 lemon, squeezed
3 ounces spiced rum
2 tbsp honey
In a medium pot, place water, spices, and ginger. Mix well. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Drink while hot.
Homemade Cough Remedy
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg’s, if available)
2 tablespoons honey (locally produced raw honey is best, if available)
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage. Shake well each time, before using. The spices will not dissolve into the liquid. It will not be a thick syrup, it should remain watery. Take as needed.
Moxie’s Cold Cure-All
by Bon Appetite
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey or light agave syrup (nectar)
1 teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
1/4 teaspoon super echinacea extract
of cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a mug with 1 cup boiling water, stirring until honey is dissolved. Let sit for 1 minute before serving.
What are your favorite illness home remedies to use? Share them with us below!
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